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Future-oriented expansion of the network of the HOYER Group

Semi-automatic IBC cleaning plant opens in Mannheim, Germany

Hamburg, 04 May 2023 - The HOYER Group will bring one of the most modern semi-automatic cleaning facilities for intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) into operation at its Mannheim site on 05 May 2023. The globally active logistics provider will thereby increase efficiency and significantly shorten the throughput times of IBCs during the cleaning process. The result: optimised fleet utilisation, better plannability and faster provision of the stainless steel containers, which are in great demand. The HOYER Group has recorded significant growth in this business area over the last two years.

By commissioning this most modern, semi-automatic IBC cleaning facility in Mannheim, the HOYER Group expands its services with state-of-the-art technology and according to the highest certified quality and safety standards. Marlen Blechschmidt, Director IBC Logistics, says,“Through this investment, we further strengthen the cleaning network of the HOYER Group. We will continue to grow our IBC business. With our network of workshops, depots and cleaning facilities through our cotac subsidiary, we offer reliable full service from a single source. This enables us to serve our major customers in the chemical, cosmetics and food industries even more efficiently.”

The new, semi-automatic plant is primarily designed to clean chemical and cosmetic products, but can also perform certified cleaning operations for food products, - including kosher. Due to the high compatibility of the state-of-the-art plant, the wide range of different IBC types existing in the HOYER Group portfolio poses no challenge. Internal and external cleaning are automated in accordance with industrial and certified standards, and disinfection by steam is also possible. When choosing this state-of-the-art facility, the logistics company attached particular importance to an energy-efficient, resource-saving cleaning process. According to Jens Enskat, Managing Director cotac, “This IBC cleaning system increases our processing capacity by 30 per cent - with the same number of staff. It makes our colleagues’ daily work easier, and gives our customers even greater planning security.”

The cotac group is an integral part of the full-service portfolio of the HOYER Group. Twelve locations at logistics hubs in Europe, Asia and the USA now support the transport logistics processes of HOYER. cotac offers globally uniform standards for tank cleaning, repair and depot services, and is regularly audited in accordance with DIN EN-ISO 9001 and SQAS. cotac’s technical services ensure the smooth, efficient and safe transport logistics of the HOYER Group - and do so worldwide.

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HOYER, a traditional, independent family-run company since 1946, is one of the leading bulk logistics service providers worldwide, and as a specialist it possesses comprehensive know-how in the supply of complex services, and a special proximity to customers. Comprehensive solutions are developed and implemented in European and worldwide bulk logistics, especially for the chemicals, foodstuffs, gas and petroleum products sectors. Around 6,400 staff and representatives in more than 115 countries support customers to be even more successful with well thought-out logistics solutions in their respective markets. HOYER has at its disposal about 2,200 trucks, 2,600 road tankers, 50,100 IBCs, 37,600 tank containers and numerous logistics installations with depots, cleaning plants and workshops.


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